DENVER - Have you tried a B-cycle bike? They're those red bicycles you see on racks on street corners, the 16th Street Mall, outside museums and around Denver and Boulder.
Denver B-cycle and Boulder B-cycle are bike sharing programs. You pay a membership fee -- by the day, week month or year -- then you pay as you ride.
- In Denver, It's free to take a bike for 1 to 30 minutes. It's $1 to take a bike for 31-60 minutes and then it's $4 for each additional 30 minutes.
- In Boulder, it's free to take a bike for 1 to 30 minutes, then it's $3 for each additional half-hour after the first half-hour.
The idea is to encourage people to grab a bike for a half-hour or hour, then drop it off at another rack.
And now you can try out a bike for free.
On Bike to Work Wednesdays, Denver and Boulder B-cycles are waiving the $8, 24-hour membership fee. That means you can borrow a bike for free, as long as you return it within 30 minutes. Use the bike longer and you'll pay.
The free membership days are June 11, June 18 and June 25.
"We want to make it possible for anyone to support the effort to highlight the bicycle as a reliable form of transportation-even if you don't own a bicycle," said Denver B-cycle executive director Nick Bohnenkamp. "Thanks to Wells Fargo for supporting the effort to show how the B-cycle system can easily fit into your commute."
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